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Child adoption matching: preferences for gender and race

Baccara, Mariagiovanna, Collard-Wexler, Allan, Felli, Leonardo and Yariv, Leeat (2014) Child adoption matching: preferences for gender and race. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6 (3). pp. 133-158. ISSN 1945-7782

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Abstract

This paper uses a new dataset on child-adoption matching to estimate the preferences of potential adoptive parents over US-born and unborn children relinquished for adoption. We identify significant preferences favoring girls and against African American children put up for adoption. These attitudes vary in magnitudes across different adoptive parents—heterosexual, same-sex couples, and single women. We consider the effects of excluding single women and same-sex couples from the process, and find that this would substantially reduce the overall number of adopted children.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.aeaweb.org/
Additional Information: © 2014 American Economic Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C78 - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Sets: Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > LSE Financial Markets Group (FMG) Working Papers
Project and Funder Information:
Project IDFunder NameFunder ID
SES 0963583National Science Foundationhttp://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100000001
1158Gordon and Betty Moore Foundationhttp://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100000936
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2013 11:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/46795/

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